Applied Biological Sciences (Sustainable Horticulture) (BS)
Accelerated Program

The sustainable horticulture concentration is designed for students who want theory and practical experiences in the unique aspects of the culture of plants in an urban desert environment. Students acquire the skills to produce, design and care for ornamental and edible plantscapes using sustainable technologies.

Students are prepared for a range of horticulture careers in the private and public sectors, including in nursery plant production, landscape design and culture as well as local food production and organic urban farming.

Degree offered

Applied Biological Sciences (Sustainable Horticulture) (BS)
Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of


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Career outlook

Horticulture is a multibillion dollar national and international enterprise that offers a diverse and exciting choice of professional careers. Graduates can pursue numerous entry-level careers in horticulture. Employment opportunities exist in private and public sectors. The sustainable horticulture concentration prepares graduates to succeed in graduate or professional schools in disciplines such as:

  • aftermarket care of plants
  • biology of the plants in desert cities
  • care and management of trees in cities
  • creation of public, community and private gardens in arid climates
  • design and installation of outdoor landscapes including landscape irrigation systems
  • integrated pest management
  • nursery production
  • marketing
  • organic farming
  • plant identification
  • plant propagation

The general program in sustainable horticulture also prepares graduates to succeed in roles such as:

  • arboretum or botanical garden manager
  • city horticulturist
  • city park superintendent or manager
  • horticultural consultant
  • horticultural plant researcher or educator
  • horticulture products and supplies
  • horticulture supply sales representative
  • integrated pest management specialist
  • interior plant specialist
  • irrigation system designer or consultant
  • landscape designer or contractor
  • landscape services company owner or operator
  • nursery plant broker and plant salesperson
  • nursery production owner or manager
  • organic farmer or permaculturist
  • plant propagator
  • urban forester, tree specialist or arborist
  • urban plant ecologist

Career opportunities for urban horticulture graduates are not limited to any one geographic location; graduates can embark on careers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and overseas.

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